My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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I learn a lot from this course especially their culture. We exchange culture. They live very simple like no electricity. They try to save nature by not cutting down tree, they also recycle stuff. They really care about what they are doing. Their culture was very different from us. Their cloth is very unique because married women would have to wear red shirt and unmarried women have to wear long white dress. Most men are farmer and women will take care of the house and kids. Women would weave clothes for their families. They wake up very early. They wake up when the roosters start making sound. Some people work really early like going to catch rats in the mountain. First I thought that I couldn’t survive with no electricity and no electronic device because I always use my computer everyday for communicating with my friends. But after a while it wasn’t  hard to live without electronic devices because when I was bored, I would go talk to the host family and shared our experiences or asked if I could help with anything. Their food is very simple to eat and easy to cook. They grew their own vegetable.

I have grown a lot in many ways. I have been more responsible to myself by being prepare and doing task on time and on my own. I needed to prepare and organize since the start of the trip  by making sure I have enough clothes to wear and not too many for the trip. I was calculating how many clothes I need to bring because we can wash our clothes too. The guide said that you have to carry everything you packed so I decided to bring small amount of clothes and washed them instead which made my backpack lighter than other people. Also I should be on time like if the host said dinner  was at 6 pm I should come on time if I didn’t it meant that I was not responsible because she already told me. You didn’t want the host to wait for you. You would look bad and irresponsible.

I have never expected this trip to be like this because I never live with no electricity before. At the end, I was very proud of myself that I could live with no electricity. This trip was very tradition because I never live in the mountain.

The most challenging part of this course was hiking for two days in a row. It was very hard for me because I never hike seven hours long. The first day we hike to the highest mountain in Mae Hong Son which the view was very nice. It was three hours hike up and two hours hike down. The second day we hiked up only and came down with a truck. We hiked up and down mountain and through small river. It was a really good experience. The most rewarding stuff to me was that I was be able to live with the host and we could understand each other so I was really happy. The host family was really nice and they were taking really good care of me like asking if I needed more blankets at night because it was really cold. I also survived taking cold shower every day. This trip thought me lot of things. I had a lot of fun.

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From the days that had past… i had a week that very important for my life, that was a GCW week a week that people must to choose where they want to go and help the communties. For me, i chose to go to hilltribe course in Maehongson beacause of the amount of my close friends go there. It was the one of the most memorable and fun trip in my life. I had done many activities such as weaving the basket, blacksmithing, weaving the scarft or a silk and the one that most challenging was i had hiking the mountains from villages to villages for 6 and a half hours. I had learn alot of Karen’s culture there not just only Karen but the other villages too, Such as they live without electricity they makes they own fire. They grew their own crops, vegetable and they kept animals to eat like pig, chicken and they kept some dogs for guarding their house. Then they made their own everyday use tool like the knife, the bamboo basket and the bamboo glasses First they went in to the forest near the villages for find some bamboos for made the cup, basket and the knife.
In this trip we focused on living with villagers and to know their culture how they manged to work eventhough it was hard despite there bad conditions. in the evening of the first day we had a chance to go to night market in maehongson. I’ve seen their cultural by see what they sell, i saw a many things… basket by bamboo, t-shirt that paint by hand and other things that made by hand. The activities that i did teach me a lot, the first thing is how the villagers did the stuff by their self how stuggle, how hard, how tired but they told me they enjoy their work eventhough it was very hard.
How they can live with out the electricity and without the”clock” there were just only one clock in the villages so the villagers look at the sun to know the time it was not that accurate but it was closed to the real time. I grown in many ways such as how to live without electricity and live with no warm water no familly,first i felt like i was very lonely there because i missed my familly but i thought that “only a few days i can do this” i grown how to live alone with strangers.
It was very diffrent from what am i expected because like i thought in the villages would have electricity and the “WARM” water because there is no electricity so they didnt have warm water. Then i thought that there was no hiking but it was… so i was very tired and very happy cause i can hiked 30kilos on the mountain. What was the most challenging thing in this trip? For me i think it was how to “catch” the fish in the river because when they had that activities i cant catched any fish or any shrimp also shell. I failed in the river many times cause i cant see the rock under the water. I was very hurt i got many wound in my legs.
For me this trip was very unexpected for me and very hard for me but it was very fun and very excited in my life.

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The GCW or Global Citizenship Week is a required weeklong program for every High School student that includes outside-of-the-classroom learning experiences. The course I participated is called Mae Hong Son – Karen Hill tribe Experience, which the participants had great opportunity of one lifetime to experience the culture of Thailand’s biggest hill tribe, the Karen. Throughout the week we drove and hiked into mountains from one village to another, and simultaneously exchanging our culture with the Karen people that hosted us.

From this course, apart from having a good time with friends, I actually learned a lot about the global issue or community service project that this course focused on. In this course, the service we did was teaching basic English to children in the village. Personally, I really enjoyed in this activity because it was an opportune chance for students like us to apply our knowledge from the school. Additionally, after this activity, I realized how important education is nowadays and how fortunate we are to have access to quality education, which is the key to success in life. Furthermore, I also learned about the culture I was a part of after our week living with the Karen. From the experiences of living in the Karen tradition, I had learned various aspects of their culture: their traditional method of “swidden” agriculture, their sustainable lifestyle, Karen language, traditional trades, and religious beliefs. The Karen people were very sustainable because they live with barely any electricity, with only solar power cells from the government, since they purposely isolated their villages into the nature. They made everything they want or need by themselves by using natural resources, such as houses. Moreover, about myself, I realized how extravagant I am sometimes and learned to value what I have, and that I should live my life base on sustainability.

After I got back from this course, I somehow felt the increase of my maturity. This might be because during the course life was no longer cozy and comfortable as in Bangkok. When living there, I need to take care of myself, learn to rely on myself for solving problems in some situations, and be more responsible.  I did not have the chance to choose what I want to eat, I had to eat what my hosts eat, and at night it became extremely cold with no air conditioner or heater, so I solved that problem by wearing many layers plus sleeping bag and blankets, which help warmed me eventually. And with these experiences I someway became more mature. In addition, among all the experiences from this course, in my opinion, I think the most challenging one was the full day hikes. It was my first time hiking in such distance; we hiked over 15 kilometers for about seven hours over 3 mountains, crossing 3 streams. This was one of the toughest moments I had ever faced because with the weight of the bad cascading on me as I hiked, it was a lot more difficult. On the other hands, the most rewarding part was when I reached the village after hiking all day long. I was very tired but the proudness of finishing eradicated all the exhaustion.

 

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